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Etymology Edit

From Middle English auctorisen, from Old French auctorisier, from Medieval Latin auctorizare, from Latin auctor. See author about the orthography with <h>. Doublet of octroy.

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Verb Edit

authorize (third-person singular simple present authorizes, present participle authorizing, simple past and past participle authorized)

  1. (transitive) To grant (someone) the permission or power necessary to do (something); to permit; to sanction or consent to.
    Synonym: license
    Antonym: deauthorize
    The General Assembly authorized the Council to take up the matter.
    The judge authorized the wiretapping.

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